“Mapping New York City’s Runnability”

“Nike Plus runs is a great source of valuable information about how runners perceive the urban realm.”

“Brooklyn-based interaction designer Cooper Smith created a stunning series of interactive maps that visualizes New York City on Nike Plus. Interested the quality of location, Smith used data derived from over a thousand geo-located runs to draw his own map of Manhattan.(…)

Smith shows that the huge data set of Nike Plus runs is a great source of valuable information about how runners perceive the urban realm. As many of you may know, Nike Plus lets you map your runs and track your progress using a sensor or the Nike+ GPS iPhone app. Work-outs can be synced and saved directly on Nikeplus.com profiles, where a bunch of graphically presented statistical information is made available. Smith did an interesting job with this research. His mapping results are perfectly able to tell, for instance, which spots are most popular to excercise.”

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